As its name indicates, Social Darwinism is based on the ideology put forth by Charles Darwin in On the Origins of Species. It was Herbert Spencer, a British intellectual and a fervent supporter of Social Darwinism, who applied the notorious argument of Darwin, “the survival of the fittest” to economic life. This ideology was prevalent in America during the late-19th and early-20th centuries during the so-called Gilded Age. Social Darwinism, which was also quite popular among the British elite, extrapolated Darwin’s idea of natural selection and grafted it onto whole societies. As maintained by the proponents of this theory, their immorality was justified by the expanding income inequality.
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